My son, if you have become1surety for your neighbor, Have agiven a pledge for a stranger,
If you have been snared with the words of your mouth, Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
3Dothisthen, my son, and deliveryourself ; Since you have come into the bhand of your neighbor, Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
4Give no 2sleep to your eyes, Norslumber to your eyelids ;
5Deliveryourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand And like a 3bird from the hand of the fowler.
6Go to the 4ant, O 5sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise,
7Which, having6nochief, Officer or ruler,
8Prepares her food7in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.
9Howlong will you liedown, O sluggard ? When will you arise from your sleep ?
"8A littlesleep, a littleslumber, A littlefolding of the hands to crest "-
119Your poverty will come in like a dvagabond And your need like ean armedman.
A 10worthlessperson, a wickedman, Is the one who walks with a 11perversemouth,
Who 12winks with his eyes, who fsignals with his feet, Who gpoints with his fingers ;
Who with 13perversity in his heartcontinually14devisesevil, Who h15spreadsstrife.
15Therefore16his calamity will comesuddenly ; 17Instantly he will be broken and there will be 18nohealing.
16There are sixthings which the LORDhates, Yes, seven which are an abominationito Him:
1719Haughtyeyes, a 20lyingtongue, And hands that 21shedinnocentblood,
A heart that devises22wickedplans, 23Feet that runrapidly to evil,
A 24falsewitness who utterslies, And one who j25spreadsstrifeamongbrothers.
2026My son, observe the commandment of your father And do not forsake the kteaching of your mother ;
2127Bind them continually on your heart ; Tie them around your neck.
When you 28walk about, lthey will guide you; When you sleep, mthey will watchover you; And when you awake, nthey will talk to you.
For 29the commandment is a lamp and the oteaching is light ; And reproofs for discipline are the way of life24
To 30keep you from the evilwoman, From the smoothtongue of the padulteress.
2531Do not desire her beauty in your heart, Nor let her capture you with her 32eyelids.
For 33on account of a harlot one is reduced to a loaf of bread, And qan adulteress34hunts for the preciouslife.
Can a manrtakefire in his bosom And his clothes not be burned ?
28Or can a manwalk on hot coals And his feet not be scorched ?
29So is the one who 35goes in to his neighbor'swife ; Whoevertouches her 36will not sgounpunished.
30tMen do not despise a thiefif he steals To 37satisfyuhimselfwhen he is hungry ;
But when he is found, he must 38repaysevenfold ; He must giveall the vsubstance of his house.
The one who commitsadultery with a woman is 39lackingwsense ; He who would 40destroyxhimselfdoes it.
33Wounds and disgrace he will find, And his reproach will not be blotted out.
For 41jealousyyenrages a man, And he will not spare in the 42day of vengeance.
He will not zacceptanyransom, Nor will he be aasatisfiedthough you givemanybbgifts.